Agori Barhar






29,767 Square Kilometers km²

Hindi Name

आगोरी बरहार

Present Head

Raja ABUSHAN BRAHAM SHAH, present Raja of Agori-Barhar since 1971. born , educated at Welham Boys School, Dehra Dun; married 1982, Rani Sharda Singh, daughter of Kunwar Bharat Singh of Gangwal, and his wife, Kunwarani Mandavi Devi, and has issue. Rajkumari Shri Deeksha Kumari, born . Rajkumari Shri Monisha Kumari, born . Rajkumar Shri Abhyudai Singh, born , educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur.


An impartible estate, it originally was comprised of the present districts of Sonbhadra and part of Mirzapur district. It was divided into two parganas of Agori, which was 18,477 km2 and Barhar, which was 11,290 km2 in area, thus making it the largest estate in area in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. Raja Paramardideva of Mahoba, ancestor of the family and contempory of Raja Prithviraj III of Delhi, who attacked Mahoba as the Raja was the ally of Raja Jaichand of Kannauj, and occupied it for a time. Raja Paramardi Deva fled for his life with his friends and family, and though Mahoba was re-occupied by the Raja with the help of Jaichand of Kannauj, the glory of the capital never returned. During this time one of the sons of Raja Paramardi Deva, called Ashajit, fled eastwards in the turmoil that followed. His sons or grand sons called Barimal and Bharimal, captured Agori from the Kaharwar Raja and made them selves the independent rulers of Agori and Barhar. The elder brother Barimal took the kingdom of Agori and Barhar, and the younger brother Bharimal became the independent ruler of Bardi. Within this zamindari, sixteen taluqas have been assigned for the maintenance of the Babus (collateral agnates).